Building Consent Process
A summary of how it all works
Prior to lodging your BUILDING consent you may wish to to make a pre check appointment with a Building Inspector &/or planner to confirm that at least the minimum amount of information required to begin processing is supplied? This pre-lodgement check is performed by a building control officer whether this is in person with the applicant, or supplied by mail. The building consent application pack contains guidance on what is required as a minimum to lodge.
Thereafter the owner or authorised agent completes application (or has completed if by mail), pays deposit and lodges documents with Building Consent Authority (BCA). If any required information is missing the application will not be accepted.
Council produces Project Information Memorandum (PIM) if applied for within 20 working days. Council may request more information and the application process will be suspended until all information is received.
Building consent processed and conditions attached within 20 working days. The BCA may request more information during this period, and at that point the application process will be suspended until all information is received.
Owner or authorised agent pays fees and collects building consent documents. Building consent is granted/issued. Work must commence within 12 months or the consent will lapse. The owner may apply for an extension of time.
Inspections are carried out at prescribed intervals and are required to be booked with the BCA by phone on +64 6 8577731 or e-mail to email@example.com. A minimum of 4 days’ notice for an inspection is required.
It is not possible to give a specific time other that within 20 minutes or so. If no-one is available to be on-site for the inspection please leave the consent documents on-site where the inspecting officer can easily find them. The inspecting officer may refuse to carry out the inspection if the inspection required the assistance of the contractor to supply technical or safety equipment such as laser levels for drainage or scaffolding for roof framing inspections.
A record of the inspection and outcome will be noted on the inspection sheet. A site notice or Notice to Fix may be issued for any non-compliant work.
If the work to be inspected has changed from that which was consented, the requirement is for the owner/contractor to notify the change and have this approved prior to the inspection. Failure to do this may result in failed inspections.
If the changes are significant it may require a new application for building consent for the altered work, supplied with the same level of detail and with the same application forms as before the consent was granted and issued.
If in doubt please contact the BCA first.
Every failed inspection will be re-charged for at the rate applicable to the ‘zone’ the work is taking place in.
Owner or authorised agent completes application for Code Compliance Certificate (CCC).
The BCA must decide whether to issue within 20 working days, and may make request for more information to verify that the work has been completed in accordance with the building consent and the application process will be suspended until this information is received.
If there is no application for Code Compliance Certificate within two years of the building consent being granted the BCA must decide whether to issue the Certificate on that date.
It is possible that the BCA declines to issue a CCC, and if so you will be given the reasons why this is the case.
The owner may apply for an extension of time to complete the work prior to that date, and will receive reminder letters leading up to that point.
Outstanding fees (if any) are paid and Code Compliance Certificate is issued.
(If an application is refused, and the reasons for the refusal can be rectified, an owner may re-apply for the CCC at any point subsequently.)